Johann Strauss Gala | An Evening of Polka, Waltz and Operetta (DVD)

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Andrea Rost, & José Carreras, Wiener Philharmoniker, Zubin Mehta

Live Concert from the Heldenplatz Vienna, 1999

Few artist families dominated the light music scene of the 19th century in the same way as the Strauss dynasty. And even 150 years after the death of the “Waltz King“ Johann Strauss senior and over 100 years after the passing of his son Johann Strauss junior, their dance compositions still pack concert halls around the world with throngs of eager spectators. In 1999, the Strauss anniversary year, the Vienna Philharmonic came up with a very special approach to honouring the musical father and son: An Open Air Concert in the heart of Vienna featuring works by Johann Strauss senior who, together with his son, cemented the reputation of this beautiful city on the Danube as the world capital of waltz. An audience of almost 8000 people was treated to the captivating sounds of their immortal melodies in the imposing atmosphere of the Heldenplatz (Heroes‘ Square) in the Austrian capital. Spanish tenor José Carreras and the Hungarian soprano Andrea Rost, longtime favourites with Vienna opera fans, were both invited to sing arias and duets at the Johann Strauss Gala under the baton of maestro Zubin Mehta. Inspired by the enthusiasm of the crowd, Mehta was moved to play the “Radetzky March“ as an encore – the traditional closing piece at every Strauss concert.

Andrea Rost (soprano) & José Carreras (tenor)

Wiener Philharmoniker, Zubin Mehta


Strauss, J, I:

Radetsky March, Op. 228

Strauss, J, II:

Der Zigeunerbaron: Einzugsmarsch

Wiener Blut Waltz, Op. 354

Stadt Und Land, Op.322: Polka Mazurka

Tritsch-Tratsch Polka, Op. 214

Unter Donner und Blitz, Op. 324

Eine Nacht in Venedig: Komm in die Gondel

An der schönen, blauen Donau, Op. 314

Wer uns getraut? (from Der Zigeunerbaron)

Die Fledermaus Overture